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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services [Kindle Edition]

Brian Larson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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The Definitive Guide to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services

Create and deliver data-rich reports across the enterprise using this complete server-based reporting solution. Written by a member of the original Reporting Services development team, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services covers the entire report-building and distribution process, including data extraction, integration with desktop and Web applications, and end-user access. The book explains how to maximize all of the powerful features, including the new Tablix data format, as well as enhanced performance, scalability, and visualization capabilities.



  • Install, configure, and customize SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services


  • Create SELECT queries to extract data


  • Generate reports from the Report Wizard and from scratch


  • Add charts, images, and gauges


  • Build reusable report templates


  • Use the new Tablix data format to create reports with any structure


  • Export reports to Word, Excel, PDF, HTML, XML, and other formats


  • Enable end-user access to reports via the Report Server and its Report Manager web interface




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About the Author

Brian Larson, MCSD, served as an original member of the Reporting Services development team and contributed to the code base. He is the chief of technology for Superior Consulting Services (SCS), a Microsoft Certified Partner.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 16992 KB
  • Print Length: 866 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 3 edition (11 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001FA0P04
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #503,186 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Throughout 19 Mar. 2010
By Mr C.
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Being new to Reporting Services I found this an excellent introduction covering the use of wizards, building reports from scratch, deployment and the reporting manager. This book is far better written than what you normally get from say Microsoft Press and the Author clearly made a huge effort in putting this book together and building up the examples from a bespoke database for a Galactic Delivery company. The book is built around working through practical examples. To be able to do this you have to download the GDS database and install it on SQL Server, which is a straight forward task. I am not surprised that this book is a best seller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to reporting services 19 Nov. 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book because it had already received positive reviews. Having read it, I can see why. It sets out in a very clear way how to install and configure reporting services, and how to build dynamic, reponsive reports using (almost) real world examples. It's easy to follow but still covers the advanced features.
The reports designer in Visual Studio takes care of a lot of the coding, formatting and grouping headaches for you. I would spend hours on coding xml/xslt to produce reports from our SQL Server, then scratch my head again looking for ways of distributing these reports to users in the way they wanted. Reporting Services with SQL Server 2008 solves all that. My boss probably thinks I'm a genius for designing this brilliant document managing system. I'd better hide this book from him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good on SSRS, not so great on source control 17 Jan. 2012
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This is a very good book in a very good series (McGraw-Hill MS BI) . If you want to learn about the capabilities of SSRS and how to leverage them its recommended.
I appreciate it was written a while ago and the good intentions of the author in promoting good practice (at time of writing). However the recommendation of SourceSafe as a platform to implement source code management should be ignored!
Its far better than the MSPress tech book (recommended for 70-448 MCTS exam) on the BI stack and worth buying, that said it might be worth waiting for the 2012 version though (review written Jan/2012)
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Ive been meaning to update my CV with some Reporting services knowledge but didnt know the 1st thing about reporting services.

Got this book on the based on a review and Im not disapointed.

The book is laid out in a clear, step by step manner, that brings you up in your knowledge level via small-medium sized steps.

As im very familiar with sql server, I skipped the first 100 or so pages as it just goes through relational database theory. The rest though is great.

I particularly like the project approach, where you learn by doing,and the author explains whats going on via the examples you are doing. Really allows you to learn much quicker and cement the knowledge into your head. Theory, along with hands on examples is the only way to learn this kind of material.

If your at an intermediate level with reporting services, this book is prob a bit basic ( im ony 5-6 chapters in so far so could be wrong), and you would benifit more from a higer level book that delves deeper into the bowels of reporting services.

I for one am happy with my purchase and am purchasing the Business Intelligence Companion book ,also by Brian Larson.

Giving it 4 stars as 5 stars is reserved for perhaps a handfull of books worldwide ( if it was a 10 star rating system though this would get 9 out of 10)
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